Tottenham Hotspur owner Joe Lewis charged over insider trading scheme

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The British billionaire owner of Tottenham Hotspur, Joe Lewis has been indicted for orchestrating a “brazen” insider trading scheme, the US attorney in Manhattan has said.

In a video posted on messaging platform X, formerly known as Twitter, Damian Williams said: “Today I’m announcing that my office, the southern district of New York has indicted Joe Lewis, the British billionaire, for orchestrating a brazen insider trading scheme.

“We allege that for years Joe Lewis abused access to corporate board rooms and repeatedly provided inside information to his romantic partners, his personal assistants, his pilots and his friends.

“Those folks then traded on that inside information and made millions of dollars on the stock market. Thanks to Lewis those bets were a sure thing.

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“None of this was necessary. Joe Lewis is a wealthy man, but as we allege he used insider information to compensate his employees, or to shower gifts on his friends and lovers.

“That’s classic corporate corruption. It’s cheating and it’s against the law.”

Joe Lewis owns the Tavistock Group, with more than 200 assets across 13 countries, through which he owns Totenham Hotspur and the UK pub operator Mitchells & Butlers. Forbes puts his wealth at £4.65bn.

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He bought a controlling stake in the premier league club from Alan Sugar for £22m in 2001.

The 86-year-old lives in the Bahamas, a far cry from his humble beginnings in London’s East End.

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